Charging your EV on a ROAD TRIP | How to Fast / Rapid Charge in Australia | Electric Car Australia
So welcome to electric car, australia and 2022. This is our first video for the new year and i cant believe its been about 10 or 12 weeks since we filmed our last video. So our regular viewers will know that the electric car family went for a summer holiday down to hastings point and yeah. We had a fantastic time down there. We took our second car down as it can tow our camper trailer and we had great fun down there. So i hope everyone else had a um, nice, relaxing and safe christmas and new year as well were still obviously dealing with this global annoyance of a health issue so lets hope in 2022. We can put all that behind us, but look enough of that so were going to show you guys today how you charge with a ccs rapid charger, while youre on a road trip. Now weve done separate videos before on how you find these chargers etc, because theres, thousands of them around australia so well include a link at the above sorry above the video to show you those. So you can have a look at that, but look basically. This is a tritium, 50 kilowatt dc charger. So, unlike the other videos, this is our third video in our charging series well include the link to the other two videos above the first video was charging at home with a normal powerpoint, which is ac charging and thats. Obviously, the cheapest and most economical way to charge and also the most convenient, because your car is charging while youre sleeping or youre at home, working from home doing whatever else you do so nice and convenient our second video, which will also include a link up above That was the type 2 ac charging, so thats, the one where you might be at a motel or a shopping centre and theyve got a charger there.
So a little bit faster than at home theyll, put in about 25 30 40 um kilometers per hour of charge, and that depends on the charger and also your car, and these guys here put in 50 kilowatts of dc charging. So this is the fastest type of charging you can have in an ev and again it depends on your vehicle, the capability of it, etc, how quickly it can charge. But these are the most common in australia, theyre, 50 kilowatts and thatll charge our mg zs ev. From 10 uh full to about 80 in 40 minutes, so lets get this underway, so just using lmg as an example, nice and easy. We pop up that flap. We pull out these two bungs now the two bungs need to come out, because this is the actual dc charging connection down here, but ill show you the ccs connector shortly, which is a combination of ac charging, which is that one and dc down there, but it Only actually energizes the dc and youll notice a bit of a silly design on the mg there. Where the charge flap comes up and you have to sort of go down once youre used to it. You dont need to bend down you just put it in, but the first couple of times youve got to kneel down, which is a bit annoying and again well include another link up above that shows our initial thoughts and some of the things that we like and Dislike about the mg so back to the tritium charger.
Now this one has two connections: youll notice. This is the ccs 50 kilowatt one which we were just talking about, and this one over here is a chademo, also 50 kilowatts dc again, but its just a different connection type. So this is the japanese type connection, so its being phased out around the world, but thats the one at the moment that the nissan leafs use and some of the mitsubishi or the old mitsubishi imevs. This is the one were going to use today and, as you can see its the ccs with the dc below and the ac up top now look its as simple as that you unplug it line it up down there push it in youll, hear the charger beep. Now well tell you a little bit about this charger shortly, but basically its as simple as pressing the start button youll notice. It starts to energize its telling us weve got 10 charge in the battery on the car and itll kick in shortly and show us its starting to charge. So, while were waiting for that just to show you a couple of things, theres a little pin that locks in on these, so once thats engaged and energized, you cant pull these out so thats a safety thing. So what we can do now is we can go away. Have a cup of coffee go to the toilet which ill be doing shortly? You can see there its 14 kilowatts now so its recognized a slightly different um amount from when it first plugged in and its charging now, because weve got 0.
2 kilowatts. So look thats as easy as it is now. Different charges are different, so well talk a little bit about this um one here and by the way um these tritium charges. The head office office for tritium is in brisbane and queensland. Where i live um, we do have some global leading uh companies, so these guys have just listed on the nasdaq stock exchange in the u.s. So that goes to show how big they are now. Look. They also produce charges bigger charges. Um charges go up to 350. Kilowatts now theres, not too many evs on the road that can take that uh capacity, uh the porsche thai car, etc is one. However, the newer, more modern cars with 800 volt batteries etc are certainly able to take those larger charges. But for the majority of you watching and certainly for me, i dont need charge speeds anything like that. Um lmg is capable of charging up to 75 kilowatts um, so it can take a bit more charge than what this charger provides, but for most people youll never need it. So you dont need to pay the extra money for it now back to this charger. As i said, nice and simple to use its got a start and stop button, so if i wanted to stop it now, i just press the stop button. This is a free charger provided by the university of queensland in conjunction with the southern downs regional council.
So southern downs council provided the university some free real estate – i guess youd, say to put the charger in a car park, so that was the donation. This uh southern downs, regional council made and im sure they helped with some other assistance as well youll notice. There is a couple of type 2 charges there, but weve already done a video on those. So we wont talk about those today, but yeah. Basically um the university have put the charger in and they provide the electricity from this charger free of charge via their uh solar farm. That theyve got here in warwick now thats a massive solar farm and weve doing a separate video on that. So make sure you click the bell icon, so youre notified of that its big enough to power 25 000 homes, so a huge facility back to this charge of being free so because its free, you dont, actually need to do anything except plug it in press start And when youre finished press stop and away you go, some chargers need an app, so theyre a commercial charge and you actually pay for your charging and they need an app to um turn them on and off and thatll give you some stats as well and as A backup, quite often they have a swipe card as well so again, well include a video above. We wont go into that today, because weve done some road trips before where weve showed you using finding the charges using the apps and using the swipe cards, etc.
So browse our other videos and well cover all that sort of information off now. Just talking about charge speeds again, so, as i mentioned, these ones will charge our car from about 10 battery capacity, which is about what it was now up to 80 in about 40 minutes now, unlike petrol, cars or diesel cars, where you just put the nozzle in You hold the trigger, you stand there and it fills the tank battery cars and battery electric cars are slightly different, so they have what they call a charge curve. So when your batterys very low on charge, they will charge very quickly up to about 80 and then they start to slow down and the reason for that is that protects the battery. So youre not trying to jam all these electrons in really fast and the battery gets excessively hot, etc so ill put a screenshot in there of a just an example curve. So it shows you, the the speed stays fairly constant to about 80 and then it slows down so thats. Why? When people say how long does your car take to charge from uh flat its not really the question you need to answer, because you dont run a battery electric car right down to dead empty and its not good practice to fill it up all the time unless Youre going on big road trips, so what you normally do to keep your battery nice and healthy and make it last the longest.
Is you keep it between ten percent and eighty percent and itll love? You forever and im going to jump in the car because it started raining now. Look for the data geeks well put a couple of screenshots in there so were currently charging it about 45 kilowatt hours, um dc. Now, as i mentioned its a 50 kilowatt charger, but you never get a full 50 kilowatts, so 45s 46 is about the maximum youll get so well put a couple of screenshots in there and also the amp so were getting about a hundred and ten amps at 400 volts because the mgzs, as most evs in australia at the moment, have a 400 volt battery pack and also a screenshot of the battery cell temperature as well. So that gives you a bit of an idea of the temperature of the battery. Now, ev batteries are liquid cooled, so they have a glycol based coolant very similar to what youll have in your petrol and diesel car theres little electric pumps that pumps that around and that keeps all the electronics, the electric motor and also the battery pack, nice and Cool, so look those couple of screenshots we put in thats of an eevee diagnostic and performance app, so were going to do a separate video on that one as well and take it as a for a road trip shortly so again, click that bell icon now. Look, i mentioned theres a couple of things you need to be mindful of with these charges.
So, as i mentioned, theres heaps and heaps of them around australia, obviously most of them are on the main routes. You cant 100 rely on the availability of a charger because there might only be one there it might be in use or it might not be working. So how do you know that and whats the heads up well again well put a link into a video, but plug share is a global free app that you can download in your app store and thats a fantastic tool that will show you where the charges are In australia tells you all about the charges and if the ev drivers have been nice enough, they can actually log on and say its in use or its not working, etc. So thats totally reliant on the ev community. Putting that information in. But it is really helpful and what youll find is most ev drivers do do it well here i am at my next charging stop just across the queensland border at tannerfield and theres a couple of things. I really wanted to tell you guys that i think is important that i forgot about at the last stop in warwick, so ive jumped in here now. Look. The key thing i wanted to mention was the pricing of charging at some of these charges around australia? Now the price varies from uh free, as in the warwick one, and also uh. This nrma one here in new south wales, up to about 60 cents, is about the highest youll pay per kilowatt hour of electricity here in australia and thats for the really um fast chargers, so the 350 kilowatt ones i mentioned so yeah.
You can budget about free up to about 60 cents. A kilowatt also wanted to mention charging speed, so these guys, theoretically, will um add about 300 kilometers of range per hour and, of course, that all depends on your vehicle. Our zsc only has a 270 kilometer range in a 44 kilowatt hour battery, so without getting too technical um, we couldnt actually charge our car for an hour because the battery is not that big, so it just gives you a theoretical amount of kilometers you can put In so its about 300 kilometers per hour on these 50 kilowatt charges, compare that to your portable charger at home that you plug into a normal 10 amp power. Point theyll, give you about 10 kilometers per hour, so yeah significantly faster and thats. Why you use them when youre on a road trip now another practical little tip? I wanted to mention to you guys, uh, i mentioned the weight of the the charged leads in the socket now, as i said, theyre, not that heavy slightly heavier, i guess than a petrol or um diesel uh petrol pump, but when you plug them in just make Sure that you align the car to the plug, so you can see there thats fairly well in line its just a good distance, and the reason for that is you dont want any tension or you dont want to be pulling. These leads sideways. They do have a lot of current go through them and, as i mentioned theres a little lock, locking mechanism that locks them in electric vehicles have a lot of different locations for the charge ports.
So the um mg obviously is at the front here. Teslas have them on the back um indicator or taillight uh. Some of the other cars have them here on the mudguard. So, unfortunately, where youve got charges and youve got car parks, it would be impossible for the charger providers to position the charger to suit every single car, because theres such a difference in the locations of the ports on the cars. So just try and get your charge port as close as you can to the charger so that youre not pulling or stretching that lead so thats it guys. I just wanted to jump back in and mention those couple of important things that i forgot to mention before. I was looking at the skies and it was another shower coming over. So i bailed out – and i forgot to mention those so lets – go back to warwick for the wrap up of the video. Well guys thats about it, just a quick short video to show you how you go about charging with a ccs dc rapid charger, while youre on the road and well just jump out and check how much weve got to go, because what i find with these charges By the time we get the kids out on the dog and we stretch our legs and we have a coffee and go to the toilet. The car is charged. They are really really um quick, so yeah weve been here, 12 minutes were up to 40 and we put in 9.
2 kilowatt hours of energy so, like i said that might sound a little slow but ive been just sitting here. Talking to you guys doing a video. So weve gone from 10 percent to 40 in 13 minutes now. If i had the family here, we would have walked over to the toilets. We would have grabbed the coffee, etc and thats the beauty of ev charging compared to diesel or petrol chip. So the key difference with an electric car is you dont need to stand beside it while its charging? Yes, it takes a little bit longer, but youre doing other things, while its charging, but other than that, its very similar to using a petrol or diesel pump. As you can see, it even looks similar its got: the cable, the plug. Now these cables on the 50 kilowatt dc charger theyre a little bit heavy um the plug and the cable probably is about a kilo kilo and a half when youre handling it. The bigger charges obviously have a lot bigger cables. They have water cool cables, so theres, actually water running in these cables, on the bigger ones, etc. So theyre heavier but again most people wont use those theyre a bit of a novelty really everyone that owns an ev goes and does it once or twice to try them out, but regular evs and regular distances were traveling. We dont need those huge charges. Well, thats. It guys thanks very much for watching if youre one of our regular viewers.
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